Uterine fibroids and vitamin D

There’s one more reason today to get on the vitamin D bandwagon. A new study shows that women who get sufficient levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that can cause bleeding and pain in premenopausal women. According to the Mayo Clinic, “As many as three out of four women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives, but most are unaware of them because they often cause no symptoms. Your doctor may discover fibroids incidentally during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound.” They seldom require treatment and most go away on their own as a woman reaches menopause. The sad part is that these benign tumors are the No. 1 reason why women in the U.S. have hysterectomies. We need vitamin D for several reasons and we can get it through exposure to sunlight as well as foods and supplements. A study by researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that women who spent more than an hour outside per day had a 40 percent decreased risk of fibroids. One of the primary researchers said, “It would be wonderful if something as simple and inexpensive as getting some natural sunshine on their skin each day could help women reduce their chance of getting fibroids.” The study was done over three years and involved 1,000 women between the ages of 35 and 49 in the Washington, D.C., area. Those with sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop uterine fibroids than those with insufficient levels of vitamin D. https://www.healthfinder.gov/News/Article/675463/vitamin-d-may-help-prevent-uterine-fibroids

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